The Ohio State Buckeyes are back on top in the latest AP Top 25 poll after a week in which many of the top teams fell. The Buckeyes leaped ahead of Kansas by just four points, jumping from No. 3 to No. 1 after blowout wins over Illinois and Indiana. The Buckeyes got 45 first-place votes compared to 14 for the Jayhawks, and had 1602 points to 1554 for Kansas.
The Jayhawks were poised to take over the No. 1 ranking after Duke lost to Virginia Tech on Saturday, but the voters obviously felt Ohio State's wins were more impressive. Instead, Kansas will remain at No. 2, despite double-digit wins over Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
Duke falls to No. 4 following its loss to Virginia Tech, while BYU jumps from No. 7 to No. 3 after yet another win over San Diego State. The Aztecs fall from No. 6 to No. 9 with the loss to BYU, with Pittsburgh jumping into a tie with Duke at No. 4. 5. Texas, who was at No. 5, falls to No. 7 after losing to Colorado on Saturday.
The only newcomer to the poll is Utah State, who jumped up to No. 25.
Here is the complete poll, with first-place votes in parenthesis:
- Ohio State (45)
- Kansas (14)
- BYU (6)
- Duke (1)
- Pittsburgh (tied for fourth)
- Notre Dame
- San Diego State
- North Carolina
- St. John's
- Texas A&M
- Utah State
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: George Mason(25-5) 120; Temple(22-6) 120; UCLA(21-8) 75; Kansas State(20-9) 31; West Virginia(18-10) 28; Virginia Tech(19-8) 22; Cincinnati(22-7) 12; Alabama(19-9) 5; UNLV(22-7) 4; Butler(21-9) 3; Missouri State(23-7) 3; Belmont(27-4) 1; LIU-Brooklyn(24-5) 1; Old Dominion(24-6) 1